Josephine Williamson

No PhotoName: Josephine Anne Williamson.
Died: November 21, 2015.
Age at death: 83.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Earley, England, UK.
Disability: Dementia.

Josephine’s husband, having been recently diagnosed with cancer and not wanting her to become an “old hag”, pushed her down the stairs and then strangled her.

Josephine was a retired physical education teacher.

Perpetrator: Philip Williamson (Husband), pleaded guilty to manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility; given a 2-year suspended sentence.

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Rachel Murphy

Photo of Rachel Murphy. She is a teenage girl with a round face, her light brown hair pulled back behind a hair band.Name: Rachel Murphy.
Died: September 8, 2015.
Age at death: 15.
Cause of death: Medical neglect.
Location: Stalybridge, Greater Manchester, England, UK.
Disability: Epilepsy, scoliosis, arthritis (ankylosing spondylitis).

Rachel had back pain from arthritis, and she was supposed to take ibuprofen or paracetamol for it. Instead, for over a year, Rachel’s parents drugged her with her father’s morphine.

Rachel was found dead with twelve times the lethal dose of morphine in her system.

Perpetrator: Joann and Colin Murphy (Parents).

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Julie Collier

Photo of Julie Collier, a woman with straight blond hair, wearing a floppy hat. She is smiling.Name: Julie Anne Collier.
Died: September 5, 2015.
Age at death: 55.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Chippenham, Wiltshire, England, UK.
Disability: Mobility impairment (wheelchair user), possibly due to alcoholic neuropathy and a bad fall.

Julie’s husband killed her by beating her in the head and face.

Julie was an outgoing woman whose favorite band was the Manchester pop group “Take That”.

Perpetrator: Christopher Collier (Husband), charged with murder; pleaded guilty to manslaughter, sentenced to 4 years.

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Meryl Parry

Photo of Meryl Parry. She is an elderly woman with fair skin and white hair. She is outdoors, wearing a blue coat with the hood up.Name: Meryl Parry.
Died: September 2, 2015.
Age at death: 80.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Ainstable, England, UK.
Disability: Dementia.

Meryl’s husband drugged her with sleeping pills, then put a plastic bag over her face and smothered her with a pillow.

Meryl was a retired teacher.

Perpetrator: Michael Parry (Husband); charged with murder, let out on bail, and committed suicide.

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Brian Darbyshire

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Name: Brian Darbyshire.
Died: September 2, 2015.
Age at death: 67.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Dagenham, London, England, UK.
Disability: Multiple sclerosis.

Brian’s daughter suffocated him with a plastic bag. She claimed it had been an “assisted suicide” and that Brian had wanted to die because of his MS, but she was convicted of murder.

Perpetrator: Claire Darbyshire (Daughter), convicted of murder.

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Carolyn Hyatt

Photo of Carolyn Hyatt. She is a middle-aged woman with dark hair and fair skin, wearing a pink hat and blue-and-yellow tank top.Name: Carolyn Hyatt.
Died: August 28, 2015.
Age at death: 43.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Shirebrook, Derbyshire, England, UK.
Disability: Intellectual disability from having meningitis as a child; diabetes, mobility impairment from stroke.

Carolyn’s boyfriend poured alcohol over her as she lay in bed, then lit her on fire. Carolyn managed to put out the fire and call emergency services before collapsing on her bed. She was found with burns to 20 percent of her body and taken to the hospital, where she stayed for three weeks before another massive stroke, brought on by her burn injuries, killed her.

Perpetrator: David Dunstan (Boyfriend), convicted of murder, sentenced to 25 years to life.

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Louis Spires

No PhotoName: Louis Spires.
Died: May 15, 2015.
Age at death: 68.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Louth, England, UK.
Disability: Alcoholic, visually impaired, mobility impaired.

Louis’s partner smothered him by putting a pillow over his face and sitting on it.

Perpetrator: Lynn Stallard (Partner, caretaker), pleaded guilty to murder, sentenced to 12 years to life.

Source: Pensioner who murdered her housebound and disabled partner by putting a pillow on his head and SITTING on it faces life in jail

Alex Robinson

Photo of a thin boy sitting on a park bench, his shoes off and his feet drawn up onto the bench. He is wearing a baseball cap and drinking from a bottle of juice.Name: Alex Robinson.
Died: December 23, 2014.
Age at death: 9.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Lincoln, England, UK.
Disability: Autism.

Alex hated water, hated getting his face wet, and would only bathe while standing. His grandfather put him in the bathtub and held him underwater until he drowned.

Perpetrator: Stewart Greene (Grandfather), charged with murder, sentenced to 22 years in prison.

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Name: “Patrick” (Family name unknown).
Died: November 2014.
Age at death: 17.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Bedford, England, UK.
Disability: Coffin-Lowry syndrome.

Patrick’s care was neglected by his grandmother. He was kept in a filthy room without a working light. By the time he was hospitalized, he weighed only 95 pounds, had bruises all over his body, and was in multiple organ failure. He died age 17.

Patrick was good at swimming and had just learned cycling. Despite his limited ability to speak, he had memorized all of his classmates’ names.

Perpetrator: His grandmother.

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Nancy Fitzmaurice

Photo of Nancy Fitzmaurice, leaning against a pillow.Name: Nancy Fitzmaurice .
Died: August 21, 2014.
Age at death: 12.
Cause of death: Euthanasia.
Location: London, UK.
Disability: Hydrocephalus, epilepsy, neurological disorders.

Nancy’s mother fought for a court order to have fluids withdrawn from her disabled daughter; Nancy died of dehydration.

Perpetrator: Charlotte Fitzmaurice (Mother). No crime.

Source: ‘My daughter is no longer my daughter… the light from her eyes is now gone’: Mother tells of heartbreak behind the hardest decision any parent could make – to let her disabled child die